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Study Agricultural Sciences in South Africa

Faculty of AgriSciences at Stellenbosch University South Africa

Ours is a unique faculty in the country, inter alia through our special knowledge partnerships with the very important agricultural and forestry industries. We are committed to train students and to conduct research for serving the industry. Our students all recognize the need to gain an understanding of the challenging applied sciences to eventually play the following roles in the world of employment:

>>> Develop and manage new production and processing techniques;

>>> Discover new and safer uses for agricultural and forestry products;

>>> Manage natural resources in a sensitive and sustainable manner;

>>> Add to economic stability and competitiveness; and

>>> Improve the quality of life for the people in Africa, especially in rural areas.

You will discover that this well-established, world-class faculty has the following attributes:

>>> Cutting edge research facilities;

>>> A passion for implementing new knowledge - we let science work for the country and her people;

>>> A mission to provide a one-stop service to industries and clients;

>>> World class graduates, members of staff and research output - we are true leaders in our field.

We are the premier education, training and research centre for the important agricultural and forestry industries. We are also the only South African university that offers degree programmes in Forestry and Natural Resource Management (including Wood Products Science) as well as Conservation Ecology.

There is no better way to start your career than by joining our faculty.

The importance of agricultural and forestry training

 The provision of sufficient high-quality food and sufficient plant and animal fibre at affordable prices, as well as the creation of employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, are some of the challenges facing the present-day agricultural and forestry industries.

These opportunities and challenges are further influenced by the diversity of our country's topography, soil varieties, variable climate, limited water resources and the stricter requirements that selective consumers are constantly setting for agricultural and forestry produce. South Africa boasts a large variety of animal and plant life that, while agricultural and forestry activities are being carried out, must be protected and conserved to ensure that our descendants will also be able to enjoy our natural resources.

These are the challenges facing you, the future agricultural or forestry scientist.

It is obvious that particular knowledge, skills and management expertise is required for sustainable agricultural and forestry production. Our wide array of teaching programmes thus cover all aspects of natural resource management, plant and animal production, post harvest operations and economic management, from the basic science, through to the practice and business of the respective value chains of agriculture and of forestry.

Career opportunities

Graduates in agriculture and forestry can follow a variety of professions dealing with aspects of production, conservation, processing and marketing of both plant and animal study fields.

Career opportunities include Agronomist, Manager, Conservation Ecologist, Winemaker, Forester, Eco Tourism operator, Entomologist, Viticulturist, Entrepreneur, Community Developer, Animal or Plant Geneticist, Horticulturist, Wood Processing Specialist, Resource Manager, Quality Controller, Agricultural Economist, Researcher, Environmental Impact Assessor, Plantpathologist, Technician, Sales Representative, Extension Officer, Food Scientist, Animal Scientist, Soil Scientist, Consultant, Water Research Manager or Game Ranch Manager.

Professions and careers such as these are not only practised in agricultural and forestry concerns, but also in associated industries, commercial enterprises and government departments. Graduates of this faculty enjoy high regard in the international labour market.

Duration of study

The minimum duration of the BScAgric, BSc in Food Science, BScFor and BScConsEcol is four years and of the BAgricAdmin and BAgric (Elsenburg), three years. After obtaining a Bachelor's degree, you may broaden your career opportunities considerably by obtaining further qualifications through postgraduate study. You may follow an Honours degree, a Master's degree and then a Doctorate in one of the specialised fields of the academic programmes under the guidance of one or more of our world-class researchers.

Strengthen your academic basis

Because of inadequate schooling some prospective students are disadvantaged in the development of their potential. Are you one of those students? Or would you like to strengthen your academic foundation to make sure that you obtain a degree?

Our academic development programmes (ADP's), consisting of an extended degree programme (EDP) and additional help with the difficult subjects, are perhaps just what you need to achieve success.

Admission requirements

Matriculation Exemption / Endorsement

50% Aggregate

Natural Science or Biology SG: E

Maths SG: D or HG: E


The Faculty Secretary (Mr Leon Jordaan)

Tel  021 - 808 4833

Fax  021 - 808 3822


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The Faculty Secretary (Mr Leon Jordaan)

Faculty of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences

University of Stellenbosch
Private Bag x1
Matieland 7602
South Africa 
Tel. 27 21 808 4833
Fax: 27 21 808 3822